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Actor saw plane 'explode into flames' in Aspen crash

A plane "exploded into flames" in a crash landing at Aspen airport, according to US actor and comedian Kevin Nealon, who witnessed the incident in Colorado.

Eyewitnesses report plane crash at Aspen airport

A small plane has crashed at Aspen airport in the US state of Colorado, according to eyewitness and local media reports.

Various eyewitnesses, including the singer Leann Rimes, tweeted their shock from the scene of the reported crash while posting images of a plane on the snow-filled runway.

Colorado student Claire Davis has died, hospital says

Seventeen-year-old Colorado student Claire Davis, who was shot in the head earlier this month by a gunman ather high school, has died at a hospital with her family at her side, the facility said in a statement.

Littleton Adventist Hospital posted on the facility's official Facebook page.

Emotional scenes after the shooting at a Colorado high school. Credit: Reuters/Evan Semon

"Despite the best efforts of our physicians and nursing staff, and Claire's fighting spirit, her injuries were too severe and the most advanced medical treatments could not prevent this tragic loss of life,"

Ms Davis was the only person wounded by gunfire when Karl Pierson, an 18-year-old senior at Arapahoe High School in suburban Denver, entered the school on Dec. 13 and opened fire with a shotgun, police said.

She was shot in the face at point-blank range as she sat outside the library with a friend during in the 80-second rampage, police said.

Pierson committed suicide in the library as an armed deputy stationed at the school cornered him, police said.

"The Davis family would like to thank everyone who have sent their best wishes and prayers, and are grateful for the kindness and support of the community," the hospital statement said.

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Police: School gunman bought weapon legally

The teen gunman who shot himself dead after critically wounding a fellow student at their suburban Denver high school legally purchased the shotgun and ammunition he used in Friday's rampage at Arapahoe High School, according to Sheriff Grayson Robinson.

A vigil being held in Arapahoe for 18-year-old Claire Davis, who was critically injured in the school shooting.

The attack by Karl Pierson, 18, lasted less than a minute and a half, the sheriff said.

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